This week The Horror Guru finally counts down his Top 10 Favorite Films of 2014, and most importantly, why they’re his favorites. Trust me when I say this is one video you’ll want to watch til the very end…
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I seriously want to look at Babadook because of the good reviews I kept hearing
Let me know what you think if you do! =)
Great list. So nice to see some love for ‘Tusk’. Did you miss ‘Birdman’? That was, in my opinion, the best film of the year. Hell, maybe the past 10 years.
Of what I saw, my top 10 (in order of favorites, not necessarily quality) would probably be:
10. X-Men: Days of Future Past
9. The Imitation Game
7. A Walk Among the Tombstones
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. The Babadook
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
I unfortunately missed my chance to catch Birdman in theaters, but I’m super excited to check it out when it hits home video. =)
Just from HorroGuru’s video it sounds like Tusk was intended to be a parody of The Human Centipede which is an idea I would love if done right.
I wouldn’t call it a parody of Human Centipede, but it’s definitely playing in the same ball park. =)
Yeah, it’s not so much a parody. It’s essentially a self-aware entry in its genre, like ‘Ghostbusters’ or ‘Kingsmen’. But definitely check it out! I really enjoyed it.
P.S. I did love ‘The Guest’ as well, but I just happened to like more several other movies more. Still, I definitely second your thoughts on the flick.
Ignore that extra “more”.
The Kingsman and Ghostbusters are great comparisons, actually. Good call. =)
That’s fair enough. There was a LOT of great stuff last year, and my list is merely my personal favorites. =)
You should definitely check out whiplash,wild,the theory of everything,the grand Budapest hotel, interstellar, beyond the lights,and any animated film that came out last year(besides the nut job and Legends of oz: Dorothy’s return those films were awful) Also have you checked out frozen or blue is the warmest color. But how could the queit ones make your honorable mentions list that doesn’t make any sense considering it has become a bad franchise by this point.
I’ve heard such great things about Whiplash and Theory of Everything! Cannot wait to check those out. I have seen both Interstellar and The Grand Budapest Hotel. It seems I accidentally cut Interstellar out of the honorable mention montage last night, and that’s too bad because I loved the heck out of that flick. XD
The Marked Ones made my honorable mentions list because I’m a sucker for the Paranormal Activity films. I know, they’ve become a joke to people now but I still get a kick out of ’em. =P
I have seen Frozen and dug it, but not Blue is the Warmest Color. Throwin’ that on my queue as we speak! =)
This list is the most awesome top ten I have seen for the year.
Thanks for covering the other side of movies.
If I may recommend a couple to you, then I suggest Blue Ruin and Oculus.
…Oh, shit. I posted this comment before you got to the honorable mentions, but after you started talking about number one.
Anyway, the list remains awesome.
Haha! It’s all good. Premature commenting happens to the best of us. =) Blue Ruin and Oculus are FANTASTIC. Blue Ruin is like the most realistic revenge film I’ve ever scene.
Blue Ruin is my top movie of 2014, and I saw virtually everything to get a major release. I’ve watched it so many times that it’s becoming part of my favorite films of all time list.
I really enjoyed most of your list (one day I might understand humor but neither. Jumps street or the Interview will be that movie). I was wondering what you thought of Purge Anarchy? I thought it picked up the ball dropped by the first one ad it seemed to actually do more to actually explore the themes of the world. Also, it’s the best punisher movie we will get.
I have not seen The Purge: Anarchy yet but I definitely want to. It looks right up my alley. =)
It was a throwback to the 80s, sorta like the Guest. I think the best way to describe Anarchy is it feels like a lost Cannon film script someone found made into a movie. After seeing it I hope Frank Grillo becomes a star.
Sweet! Keeps soundin’ better and better. =P
I’m sorry but I didn’t like Snowpiercer. There definitely are very good things in it but the things that annoyed me won out. Seriously, what was that ending supposed to be? Was the fact that nothing that happened up to that point ends up mattering supposed to be the point? But that’s only the start of my problems. For the people who liked it, great. I just didn’t see what you saw.
Hey, fair enough. Not everyone has to like everything. =P
HorrorGuru! I’ve missed ya man!
Great list! Thank you for giving me so much to add to my IMDB watchlist.
Glad to be of service! =)
I really can’t wait to see The Babadook and Snowpiercer.
1. Goodbye to Language 3D
2. Under the Skin
3. Maps to the Stars
4. The Wind Rises
7. Love Is Strange
9. Our Sunhi
Note: I don’t live in the United States so some of these movies, I believe, may have came out either in 2013 or have yet to come out in the United States.
Regardless of when they came out, there’s a lot of stuff on there I haven’t seen yet and they all look fascinating. Thank you for you thoughts! =)
!0. Guardians of the Galaxy
9.-1. THE RAID 2!!!!!!
I didn’t see a whole lot of 2014 movies (at least none worth remembering) but The Guest looks really good. I’m gonna keep an eye out for that one.
Fuck yeah! =)
Can’t I just “eh” Tusk? Is that not an option?
Man I was soo #Walrusyes. I was on board for this to be gore-filled and batshit insane and was just kind of left feeling….yeah “eh” is a good word. I mean the acting was good, the smodcast references were enjoyable but holy crap was it a disappointment to me. I guess I just wanted too much? Like I think my head was too far into Human Centipede, I wanted to see me some surgeries. Plus some of the scenes were just so pointless and went on forever. Plus the walrus suit? Ugh. Maybe if they kept it more in the shadows? Or made it walrus colored? I dunno…I got nothing.
Also didn’t love Sacrement…but I don’t really know why. It was disturbing and there were some amazing scenes, but some of the things the characters did were just ridiculous. Plus I’ve seen docs on Jonestown…those were way more disturbing found footage pieces. Wish they would have just made this one a normal movie.
Loved this list, gave me some new movies to check out and I was psyched to see The Guest at #1, enjoyed the hell out of that one.
My tops that weren’t on this list were Birdman and Whiplash.
Though if you want a horror suggestion I actually thought Taking of Deborah Logan was WAY better than it should have been, though that really all comes down to the acting of Deborah. She made me actually give a shit.
While I put Taking of Deborah Logan’s poster on the pile of found footage movies in the video, I actually have not seen it yet. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve heard good things about that one, but havn’t had the chance to throw it on yet. =)
Also fair enough on Tusk. I can definitely see how one’s imagination might imagine something far crazier than the movie delivered. It happens sometimes. XD
Check it out, it’s free on netflix last I checked. I would have put it on that pile too before I saw i XD I had to review it for a site and was almost ready to skip through it and give it a bad review, I was so convinced I’d hate it. I mean…it still falls into some of the cliches and traps that most found footage movies too, but it’s better than most of the ones I find on netlfix streaming.
I definitely didn’t imagine Depp’s character being that crazy…they won that, lol. His scenes just went on for eternity. Either way, Parks was fucking amazing and I’ll still probably buy the DVD because I have to own every Kevin Smith film. CURSE YOU COLLECTOR BRAIN!
Oh! Also forgot to mention The Voices as on of my favs of last year, though I didn’t see it till 2015. Very funny, and with Ryan Reynold I can’t help seeing it as an au deadpool flick
Ohhh! I haven’t heard of The Voices. Thank you for the suggestion! =)
I’ve seen every movie on your top 10 list, except for The Interview and about 95% of your honorable mentions. I was going to recommend 13 Sins, seeing how you liked Cheap Thrills as much as I did, but it appears you’ve already seen it. Great minds, and such. 😀
One movie I didn’t see on your list and that I highly recommend is The Possession of Michael King. It’s (yet another) found footage film, but it’s very well done and unnerving as hell. The lead actor, Shane Johnson, does an incredible job and really makes you feel for his character. So many horror movies these days make the mistake of rendering their characters so unlikable and obnoxious. If you don’t care for or can’t relate to a character in a horror movie, then how are you supposed to be invested in whether or not they live or die? Definitely check this one out, HG and make sure you have all of the lights off. You’ll thank me later.
Sounds like a must see! Thanks for the suggestion, it sounds fantastic. =)
The only film I managed to catch in cinemas this year was Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. And apart from the clunky title, I really enjoyed it.
I really wish they would just go with “Dawn of the Apes” and “Rise of the Apes.” I get for marketing purposes they want to remind audiences that it’s the Planet of the Apes franchise, but whole crap are those titles a pain to read and to say. XD
That movie was fantastic! Way better than the previous one, which was pretty good in its own right. Who would have believed you’d be able to feel for a CGI ape played by a man in a motion capture suit? I don’t think that any part of the movie made me look at my watch, and some parts made me tear up a bit, which is pretty hard to do.
Agreed! Dawn’s great. =)
I turned 15 in January, so the only films I could see in cinemas last year were 12As (the UK equivalent of PG-13) or below, so my viewing was limited. Films on this list, such as Snowpiercer, The Babadook and The Interview weren’t available here in the UK. Anyway, here’s my top 10 of 2014:
10) Big Eyes
8) How To Train Your Dragon 2
7) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
6) The Imitation Game
5) Guardians of the Galaxy
3) The Lego Movie
2) Mr Turner
1) The Wind Rises
I’ll definitely add the movies you mentioned onto my watchlist, thanks for bringing them to my attention!
Excellent selections! Paddington just came out here in the states last month and that was FANTASTIC. Great family film. I still need to see Big Eyes and the Wind Rises so badly. XD
Don’t have a Top 10. Only saw 3 movies.
But since you want suggestions. Here’s mine.
Fury – Yes, the Brad Pitt tank movie. Even though I play War Thunder and this film had collaboration with World of Tanks, it’s a great film. The only complaint I heard was from a friend who was watching the film with me and I was going through how each tank got destroyed.
Oh wow, Fury looks gooood. Thank you for the suggestion, good sir. =)
Definetly see Predestination. It’s my favourite for this year!
Ohhh, this looks GOOOD. Thanks for the heads up! =)
These aren’t in particular order since I liked each for incomparable reasons.
10| As Above, So Below
09| The Town That Dreaded Sundown (half remake, half sequel)
08| The Houses October Built
07| Dead Snow: Red VS Dead
05| The Pact 2
04| The Purge: Anarchy
03| REC 4: Apocalypse
02| The Haunting of Radcliffe House (alternately titled Altar)
01| Don’t Blink
I have not seen a couple of those yet. More to add to my must see pile! Thank you. =)
is it weird that your honorable mentions are better than your actual top 10? hell, kick all cheerleaders die (which was terrible) off the list and put Late Phases on there.
Treehouse. best horror film that came out last year.
No way. Cheeleaders blows Late Phases out of the water, and I LOVED Late Phases. =P
I’ll totally check out Treehouse though. Sounds interesting. =)
everybody knows old blind vets killing werewolves trumps unlikable lesbian cheerleaders. thems the rules.
also, Zombeavers. it might get dismissed by the title but it is one hell of a ride. another bonus, uses nothing but practical SFX.
Bad Milo also deserves an honorable mention.
I love Bad Milo, but here in the states that was a 2013 movie. =)
Zombeavers I have not seen yet, but I can’t wait. It hits the states this year. =)
that’s right, I forgot bad milo was last year. my bad. though it was kind of disappointing. it’s no Zombeavers!
if we’re talking sci-fi Coherence and The Signal are both incredible films. Not to mention Young Ones, a scifi western that can not be missed.
Hey, Horror Guru. Have you seen a movie called Wolfcop? If face ripping, eye gouging, exploding penises and laughter are on the agenda, pop this one in your queue.
I have not seen that yet! That comes out this May for me, and I eagerly await it’s release! =)
With all the found footage love I was interest to know what you thought of the V/H/S series. I recently watch both movies on Netflix and I absolutely loved them both and can’t wait for the 3rd one to come out.
I LOVE the first two V/H/S films, but I’ve yet to see Viral yet. I’ve heard mixed things, but then again, I heard mixed things about the first two and dug them anyway. So we’ll see. =)
See i wasnt even aware Viral was out yet… Guess i’m slipping in my old age lol
Yeah there are definitely mixed reviews for the first 2 but I dig them so screw everyone else.
Also i’m about to watch Snowpiercer, I’ve been watching trailers for it and just found out its on netflix so i’m stoked.
Also don’t listen to that Tenkeist guy, you got where you are today by being yourself. Can’t wait for the next episode
Hahaha, it’s alright. I’ve been playing catch up for a lot of recent releases myself, so behind. XD Bring on Viral!
Thank you for the kind words. I hope my next doesn’t disappoint!
Let me know what you think when you check out Snowpiercer. =)
Dude Snowpiercer was amazing. Thank you for the suggestion. That movie should have been huge! If only they advertised it better. Ive already suggested it to all my friends.
I second that, I mean not everyone has to be a Leon Thomas when they analyze a film. Not that there’s anything wrong with the dude. I got cheap tastes, I mean if a reviewer is having fun, they put on their own unique performance, and they give a witty and spot-on analysis of a movie, that’s pretty much all the reason I need to watch. If anything, I’m more likely to ignore a reviewer if they care that much about what -some- fans have to say. Everyone wants to be a critic, but really what the majority does (do? I can’t grammar) is just force their opinion on others.
So let me just impose an opinion on you, Guru – You and Jack are both rad dudes to watch. You both remind me of friends I used to have in high school, so just keep doing things your way.
As for this video, unfortunately I’ve been kind of a hermit where recent hit movies are concerned. I -did- watch Guardians of the Galaxy (that fucking raccoon and his big dumb tree stole the whole show), as well as Winter Soldier, but I was also victimized by Lazarus Effect (or Project, the movie itself seemed unsure of its own title), so…..yeah. If you and/or Jack would consider giving that turd a good flogging, you would make my year.
I recommend you to tone down the “I AM KEWL!!!” tone so overused in comedy trailers. Try to speak in a more normal way. Just once. Try it.
I’ll take everyone’s recommendations into consideration. I feel a need for a Horrorthon, & the stuff On Demand only seems to deliver reruns & disappointment.
Do eet! =P